Last week, the leaders of the world’s most powerful nations, the G20, came together in Hamburg. At the summit, the atmosphere was tense: Pro-globalization leaders like the German chancellor Angela Merkel were meeting their anti-globalist, autocratic counterparts such as US president Donald Trump. But it wasn’t only the summit itself that was tense. In Hamburg,…

Last October, the Lebanese parliament elected a new president ending a two-and-a-half-year power vacuum that had crippled the functioning of the government. Just over six months later, Lebanon was drifting into yet another political crisis that could leave the country without a functioning parliament. Fortunately last month, the country’s cabinet approved a new electoral law,…

A prerequisite for democracy is the freedom of speech and expression. Even though this is widely acknowledged, we sometimes forget the whole picture. The representation of all groups in a society is not only important for the conversation climate and true democracy, but also to acknowledge everyone’s equal worth. To draw conclusions that are well-founded…

Like the latest organic, sustainable nutritional supplements and shakes, the word populism is trendy. It is hip yet, no one knows exactly what it means. Populism is undoubtedly the most used word of the past year − apart perhaps from terrorism. We can rejoice at the prospect of the use of the word by journalists,…

Citizens always expect the best from their leaders. They hope that their leaders will provide them with food, security, health and other basic necessities.  However, if they fail to deliver, public sentiment will gradually start to change, which could result in the downfall of that particular government. Under some conditions, public anger can grow so…

Ukraine, the largest country in Europe, gained its independency from the USSR in 1991. It is undebatable that the country is still going through a difficult transition period from a Soviet republic to independent and powerful state, following significant changes towards grass-rooted democracy and a free market economy. n their annual democracy rating, US Government…

My route to the CYPA was a little different from most, both practically and ideologically. Firstly, coming from the UK meant a marathon journey, hopping from Newcastle to Amsterdam, onwards to Beijing and then finally to the destination, and as expected at an event hosted by the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats, coming from…